Tutorial Tuesday

Blogging Tips for Book Bloggers & Authors

Always looking for that great SAT word to use in your reviews? Well go no further than this post! I’ve got you covered. Here are some words to use instead of those tired and puerile phrases you’ve been using in your reviews.

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Instead of saying...

This Book Is Awesome! Say...

This Book Is ______

impressive
grand
m o v i n g
wondrous

superb
thrilling
exciting
notable
profound
arresting

deep
splendid
remarkable
i n t e n s e

Instead of saying...

The Characters Felt REAL...say

The characters are ______

complex
concrete
original
legitimate
authentic
p u r e

l e g i t
veritable
valid
bona fide
substantial
monumental

genuine
tangible
distinct
i n c a r n a t e d
palpable
perceivable

Instead of saying...

The Story Is Unique...say

The Story is ___________

sui generis
exceptional
noteworthy
surprising

unprecedented
singular
unparalleled
breaking new ground
ingenious
inventive

innovational
i m a g i n a t i v e
creative
artistic

Instead of saying...

The Romance Is Good...say

The Romance is ___________

passionate
ardent
amorous
e r o t i c
stimulating
sultry

libidinous
carnal
sensual
wicked
c o n c u p i s c e n t
seductive

rousing
impassioned
amatory
tender
earnest
s h a t t e r i n g

Instead of saying...

The Book Sucks...say

This book is ___________

abhorrent
appalling
awful
atrocious
disastrous
disturbing
dreadful
g h a s t l y
horrendous

h o r r i d
frightful
unpleasant
beastly
loathsome
monstrous
odious
offensive
poor

repulsive
revolting
vile
terrible
distasteful
off-putting
foul
n a u s e a t i n g
lackluster

Instead of saying...

The Plot Is Just Like XXX Book...say...

This book is ___________

unoriginal
derivative
imitative
predictable
stereotypical

trite
unimaginative
banal
t e d i o u s
uninspired

f l a t
pedestrian
vanilla
prosaic
lifeless

Instead of saying...

This Book is Porn...say

This book is ___________

smut
d i r t y
obscene
sexploitation
indecent
crude

foul
l e w d
vile
immoral
improper
lecherous
scandalous
taboo

in bad taste
g r o s s
filthy
depraved
corrupt
licentious

Instead of saying...

I hate this book...say

I ______ this book.

abhor
despise
detest

l o a t h e
reject
have aversion to

feel repugnance toward
dislike intensely
repudiate

Instead of saying...

The Characters Were Horrible! Say...

The characters are ___________

nonsensical
ridiculous
ludicrous
preposterous
contemptible
derisory
d r o l l
farcical
outlandish
flimsy
questionable
lamebrained
unsubstantial

drab
uninteresting
dreadful
unpleasant
o b n o x i o u s
odious
awful
two-dimensional
unrealistic
quixotic
improbable
impractical
half-baked

boring
dull
mundane
s t a l e
tedious
tiresome
insipid
irksome
colorless
plebeian
spiritless
unexciting
vapid

What are your favorite adjectives to use in reviews and/or writing?

5 Comments

  1. Sue @ Crushingcinders

    Just what I needed. My reviews need a spark to get them out of repetitive.
    Thank you 🙂

    Reply
  2. Karen Blue

    Greta list! Thanks for sharing, I am bookmarking this!

    Reply
  3. ezza

    this is great! I was just feeling that how i write my reviews were getting repetitive and boring and boom! i read your post 😀

    Reply
  4. Kendra @ Reads and Treats

    I seriously just bookmarked this. I feel myself getting into a review rut, so this came at the perfect time! THANK YOU!

    Reply

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